More from Gettysburg’s Remembrance Day 2019

Confed Officers Rem Day 2019.JPGBy Terry Rensel

One of the great perks of relocating from Alaska to central Virginia this past summer is that I get to have an almost constant emergence into all things Civil War pretty much whenever I want.

Yesterday was a perfect example of that. I tagged along with Chris Mackowski to Gettysburg for Remembrance Day, as he had some things to do with the American Battlefield Trust up there. I was planning on sticking around just long enough to see how ABT goes about doing their live videos, and then catch up with them for the parade. They graciously allowed me to tag along with them for the entire day, which I appreciated.

It was my first time going to Gettysburg for Remembrance Day, and I had no idea what to expect. We lucked out and had sunny skies for the first part of the day. As it was a long day, and we knew that weather was closing in, so Chris and I headed down the road for Fredericksburg once the parade finished because we wanted to put as many miles behind us as we could before the rain came.

I look forward to the next trip I get to take up there.

Mourner at Humiston Rem Day 2019
A mourner visits the grave of Sgt. Amos Humiston of the 154th NY
Doug at Gburg Address
Historian Doug Dowds discusses the Gettysburg Address.
ABT Parade Prep Rem Day 2019
Garry Adelman and Kris White prepare for a pre-parade walk-through on Facebook, with Chris Mackowski behind the camera.
USCT Rem Day 2019
The United States Colored Troops didn’t fight at Gettysburg, but men from many reenactment units came to participate in the Remembrance Day parade nonetheless.
Cav Rem Day 2019.jpg
Jine the Cavalry!
Union Troops Marching Rem Day 2019
Thousands of participants made for an impressive martial display.
Confederate Flags Rem Day 2019.JPG
Confederate honor guard
Lee and Officers Rem Day 2019.jpg
General Lee and other Confederate officers ride through town—something Lee was never able to actually do during or after the battle.

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